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Shaman Heirlooms

Welcome to the Shaman Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Shaman specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


elemental
Elemental (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Mystical Coif of Elements N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Aged Pauldrons of the Five Thunders Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Mystic Vest of Elements Peerless Stats
Legs Mystical Kilt of Elements Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Blessed Hammer of Grace Elemental Force
Off Hand Weathered Observer’s Shield Major Intellect
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Multistrike > Haste = Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility

Haste is better for single target DPS, where Crit is better for your AoE DPS. If you’re going to run a lot of dungeons you may want to prioritize the crit, but I tend to lean towards haste for my casters as it allows me to cast more spells in less time which also improves mobility. Similarly, Multistrike is a higher priority than either Haste or Crit, but I would probably stick with Haste over even Multistrike personally just because that fits my playstyle more and I don’t really care much for multistrike overall.


enhancement
Enhancement (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tarnished Raging Berserker’s Helm N/A
Neck Eternal Will o the Martyr Gift of Haste
Cloak Inherited Cape of the Black Baron Gift of Haste
Shoulder Prized Beastmaster’s Mantle Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
Chest Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate Peerless Stats
Legs Tarnished Leggings of Destruction Shadowleather Leg Armor
Ring 1 Admiral Taylor’s Loyalty Ring Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Venerable Mace of McGowan Elemental Force
Off Hand Venerable Mace of McGowan Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Agility > Haste > Mastery > Multistrike > Versatility > Critical Strike

Another option I wanted to point out for weapon enchants is Landslide for one or both weapons. I recently leveled an Enhancement Shaman with dual Elemental Force and it was fantastic. I frequently did 30-100% more DPS than other people in dungeons, and often 300-400% higher than the second highest DPS in battlegrounds. Elemental Force procs often and its effect can crit. After a lot of testing, I’ve found Ele Force to be one of the most useful weapon enchants in the game for non-healers (and it’s even good for them if you’re going to do any amount of DPS while leveling).


restoration
Restoration (Healing)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Mystical Coif of Elements N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Aged Pauldrons of the Five Thunders Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Mystic Vest of Elements Peerless Stats
Legs Mystical Kilt of Elements Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Admiral Taylor’s Loyalty Ring Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Blessed Hammer of Grace Jade Spirit*
Off Hand Weathered Observer’s Shield Major Intellect
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Jade Spirit is one that’s particularly uncommon as it was locked behind a MoP rep grind that I found very few people had access to when I came back to the game in mid-WoD. My suggestions for replacements there would be Mark of Warsong > Major Spellpower > Elemental Force. Ele Force might seem like an odd enchant for a healer, but I found that with heals as powerful as they are I’m almost always doing some form of DPS as a healer, and I don’t really need more strength as a healer, so buffing my damage was handy.

Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike = Critical Strike > Versatility

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Caster, Guide, Heirlooms, Leveling, Melee, Shaman

 

Mage Heirlooms

Welcome to the Mage Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Mage specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


arcane
Arcane (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Versatility


fire
Fire (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Personally, I would lean towards Crit for extra Pyroblast procs. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike > Multistrike = Haste > Versatility


frost
Frost (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Stat priorities from Icy-Veins depend on what Tier 7 talent you decide to use, which of course doesn’t matter until you’re level 100. You can see their list here.

I would focus on Multistrike where you can, and Haste otherwise.

 
 

Death Knight Heirlooms

Welcome to the Death Knight Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Death Knight specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


blood
Blood Spec (Tanking)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Talisman of Evasion Gift of Mastery*
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Mastery*
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Mastery*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Mastery*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

* While Mastery is the best stat that you can get for survivability, Multistrike is also a very good option for you. If you find that survival is not an issue, switch to Multistrike.

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Balanced: Strength = Bonus Armor > Multistrike > Mastery > Haste = Critical Strike > Versatility

Survival: Bonus Armor > Strength > Mastery > Haste > Critical Strike = Versatility > Multistrike

DPS Oriented: Strength > Bonus Armor > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Mastery = Versatility > Haste


frost_dk
Frost (DPS)
For Frost, there are different enchants depending on whether you are going to dual wield or use a two-handed weapon because of how your attacks and passive abilities work. While dual wielding you want to prioritize Mastery, where using a two-handed weapon you’ll want to prioritize Haste. I’ll note that below with [2H] for the two-handed enchant and [DW] for dual wielding.

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Emberfury Talisman Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
2H Weapon Bloodied Arcanite Reaper[2H] Rune of the Fallen Crusader
DW Main Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver[2H] Rune of the Fallen Crusader
DW Off-Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver[2H] Rune of the Razorice
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Dual Wielding: Strength > Mastery > Multistrike > Versatility > Haste > Critical Strike

Two-Handed: Strength > Haste > Multistrike > Versatility > Critical Strike > Mastery


unholy
Unholy (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Emberfury Talisman Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Multistrike > Mastery > Critical Strike > Versatility > Haste

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Death Knight, Guide, Heirlooms, Leveling, Melee

 

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Warlock Leveling: 1-30 Affliction

I’ve done a lot of playing around on low level Warlocks over the last couple of months, and it’s been hard to find one that really felt right in all the ways that low level alts need to in order for me to keep playing them rather than simply deleting them before I really have a chance to see what they have to offer. Having played a Warlock off and on over the last couple of expansions, I was surprised by how much things felt…off at low levels across the different specs. We’ll get into that a bit later on in the article. I did eventually find a spec that really felt right to me, and we’ll discus that as well.

For now, let’s take a look at the Affliction Warlock, what makes them (and their DoT’s) tick, and how you can become a successful soul-sucking, DoT’chucking overlord of death.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Caster, Guide, Leveling, Warlock, World of Warcraft

 

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Death Knight Leveling: 55-75 Frost DPS

I’d like to tell you that leveling up as a Frost Death Knight is a hard thing to do, but then I would be lying. You see, Frost Death Knights have this thing called a God Complex where they think they can kill whoever they want to without harm or repercussion to themselves, all the loot belongs to them, their DPS is through the roof putting everyone else to shame, and so on. The bad news is, occasionally that will come back to bite you in the butt and score you a trip to the spirit healer. The good news is, that whole God Complex thing started because the majority of it is actually true.

Enough with the intro, let’s take a look at how to go about leveling and playing a Frost Death Knight.

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Death Knight, Guide, Leveling, Melee, World of Warcraft

 

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Druid Leveling: Restoration 1-30

About a week and a half ago my wife decided to finally start playing around with her Mist of Pandaria expansion, which naturally got my attention and made me want to give it a shot as well. One play session led to another, and here I am writing leveling guides again.

So hello once again, my wonderful readers. I hope you’re ready for some light reading.

As always, I post guides based on the characters that I am playing at the time, so that I can give advice based on actual experience within the level ranges that I’m describing. I don’t write guides for a class that I already have at max level and just assume that how it works at end game is the same early on because I know that is not always the case. So, you’ll see in this first MoP leveling guide that I’m writing about Resto Druid leveling because that’s what I’ve done with my own since level 10. I will write about the other Druid specs when and if I decide to level one.

Turn the page to find out more…

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Caster, Druid, Guide, World of Warcraft

 

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Monk Heirlooms

With the beta invites being sent out by the hundreds of thousands and the expansion drawing ever closer to going live, I think it’s time to start getting plans for heirlooms in motion.

I know a lot of people will not want to use heirlooms on their monks, especially since the class and expansion are going to be brand new, but I also know that there are a lot of people who really don’t like the leveling process at all who are going to make use of every heirloom they can get their hands on. And you can’t forget the twinks, of course.

This guide is written for those of you who do want to use heirlooms on your Monks, and would like a little direction in which purchases to make, and which enchants to use on them if you feel like maximizing your leveling potential.

As you continue reading, please keep in mind that this guide is aimed strictly at showing you which heirlooms are you best option among the heirloom gear; I am not necessarily saying that you should use these heirlooms exclusively and ignore all other gear. For example, I would never use the Dread Pirate Ring unless I really wanted to level a character quickly because it offers only secondary stats and an experience bonus. I would much rather use rings that provide a bonus to my primary stats that I know I’m going to use. As a guide that covers heirlooms though, I’m going over every slot for which heirlooms exist to say, “if you’re going to use an heirloom in this slot, then this is the one you want.”
Turn the page to find out more…

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Guide, Monk, World of Warcraft

 

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